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iW NEWS | Arthouse and Red Envelope Snap “Black White + Gray”

iW NEWS | Arthouse and Red Envelope Snap "Black White + Gray"

First-time director James Crump‘s “Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe” has been acquired by Arthouse Films and Netflix‘s Red Envelope Entertainemnt, the companies announced Monday. The joint deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright for Arthouse and Stanley Buchthal of LM Media GmbH, along with Rob Williams, Liesl Copland, Thom Zadra and Bahman Naraghi for Red Envelope Entertainment. The film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will open theatrically in New York and LA at the end of the year followed by a DVD release on the Arthouse Films label and via Netflix service sometime early next year. The Sundance Channel has acquired the first TV window and will premiere the film on its channel early next year. The film centers on the relationship between collector Sam Wagstaff and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and their mutually tight-knit friendship with poet and musician Patti Smith. [Brian Brooks]

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